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Title The Comic Almanack and Diary
Author Mayhew, Henry; Cruikshank, George; Hine, G H
Date 1851
Document Type Personal Account
Publisher Information David Bogue, London
Reference HT 24751
Library / Archive Museum Victoria
Collection Name Emigrant Guides and Promotional Material
Description The book contain an essay on Female Emigration, advertisements, blank diary pages, stories, poems and illustrations. It also features an extremely evocative coloured print which satirises English fears about the exodus of British women to Australia, thus leaving Britain vulnerable to female immigration from Pacific colonies.
Biographical Note / History During the first half of the 1800s, it became apparent that decades of male British settlement in Australia had resulted in an extreme shortage of women, causing significant social unrest in the colony. Concerted efforts to address this imbalance included the offer of assisted passages for British women to settle in Australia, the popularity of which, in turn, resulted in a critical shortage of women in Britain.
Theme(s) Motives for Emigration
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Nationality English
Keywords racism, women, colony, assisted emigration, satire
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Museum Victoria catalogue.
Catalogue Link Museum Victoria Catalogue
Language English
Copyright Museum Victoria